Plunging temperatures. Blustery winds. Pitch darkness by 6 p.m.! The polar bear is not your spirit animal so that cold, black hole called winter does a number on your well-being.
It is time to shake off that Slanket. Scientific studies suggest you can outsmart winter depression by decorating your space with houseplants — for real. Oh — and adding other natural elements like flowers and branches does not hurt, either. Here are 11 uplifting houseplant ideas.
How can houseplants make you feel better in winter?
Plants purify stale indoor air so you can breathe easier. But their uplifting effects does not end there.
Scientists say, just being around houseplants, flowers, and even artfully arranged branches (more on that later) can significantly boost your mood, reduce stress, improve concentration including ADHD symptoms, and even relieve aches and pains.
While experts have not pinned down exactly why this happens, in a nutshell, they suspect humans are hard-wired to connect with nature and other life-forms for the mutually beneficial feel-good benefits. For instance, taking care of houseplants can increase your happiness. No kidding!
Tip: Want to make your entryway more inviting? Antonia Schmitz, who pens the German lifestyle blog Craftifair, says adding a few houseplants to her foyer added a welcoming touch. See her plant-filled home on Instagram.
To bust the winter blahs, the best plants for you should suit your lifestyle and particular needs. For instance, let's say you are looking for something fuss-free with superior air cleaning skills. Consider the low maintenance snake plant. It is an evergreen with tall sword-shaped leaves that thrives in dry conditions and indoor temperatures that range from 40 degrees to 80 degrees.
To keep this hardy plant looking its best, it needs medium to bright indirect light and water, about a 1/4 cup, every few weeks.
When it comes to airborne toxins, it is one of the top five plants for improving indoor air quality according to NASA researchers.
The snake plant has one more superpower. While most plants do not release fresh oxygen at night, it does. Did you know purified air can help you sleep better? Interior plant designer, Lisa Muñoz of Leaf and June says that is why she has two snake plants bedside. Be warned, her Instagram page may turn you into a full-fledged plant addict.
Tip: Are you allergic to mold? The English ivy plant can seriously reduce the amount of airborne mold in your space.
Ceropegia Woodii (Rosary Vine) is another lovely option to grow indoors. It is also incredibly striking — those beautiful trailing vines of heart shaped leaves are positively swooning worthy and also hard working. They suck ozone, created by yucky smog, from polluted indoor air.
The plant can handle chilly indoor temperatures above 45 degrees and flourishes under bright but indirect sunlight.
Warning, overwatering will certainly kill it. Before doing make certain that 30 percent of the soil (starting from the top) is dry. You can use a moisture meter to gauge when it is time to water.
While these plants are almost always in hanging planters, Marlous Cutter from Oh Marie! says a tilted planter like the one shared above adds a dose of playful visual interest.
Tip: Looking for a plant that will not kill your furbaby? The white edged Swedish ivy plant (shown here) is nontoxic to pets.
A peppermint plant can uplift your spirit big time in winter. It is why Elske Leenstra, a plant-loving blogger keeps one in her minty-fresh kitchen.
Research by neuroscientists revealed that peppermint's aroma boosts mood, memory and also mental awareness. We also love the fact that this plant is easy to grow year round indoors — just remember to keep the soil moist.
Tip: What is our favorite reason for growing a peppermint plant? A fresh sprig of mint will make your favorite, hot winter beverages, like hot chocolate, another mighty mood booster, more delicious.
Does cold weather leave you feeling run down? Decorating your home with fresh cut stems can snap you out of the winter doldrums.
The scent of recently harvested eucalyptus branches can calm overworked minds while easing mental fatigue. Do not invite nasty toxins that can pollute indoor air into your home. When buying, look for options that are both herbicide-free and pesticide-free.
Tip: Fresh cut eucalyptus branches will dry out naturally without water. Afterward, you can display them for up to one year.
It is a scientific fact that springtime weather is a huge mood booster. So it makes sense, decorating with houseplants can capture the spirit of spring at home year round.
There is also scientific proof that cute home accessories, including planters, can also uplift your spirits. That is why choosing a planter that also brings out the best in your plant, is a small but worth it victory according to Styling Bolaget, the home styling company that decorated this 300 square foot Swedish apartment.
For example, feast your eyes on this Alocasia Polly plant. We could gaze at those scalloped, heart-shaped leaves for days. See the attractive planter? It adds visual interest to the room and flatters the plant's beauty.
When it comes to plant care, the Alocasia Polly is a little needy. A significant need to know, it will die if kept on a sunny and drafty windowsill. Bright, but indirect sunlight, and room temperature hovering between 60 and 70 degrees are both key for its survival. Lastly, frequent misting is a must when indoor air gets dry in winter.